Category Archives: CARDS

A selection of Oracle and Tarot card decks

Inspired by my good blogging friend Aquileana I’m pleased to post up some examples from my collection of divination cards. For many, divination cards like these offer the possibility of inspiration and guidance. They present the user with beautiful and fantastic images found in the often multi-layered artwork, along with a wide range of cultural and spiritual themes. As you will see below, some of my favourite decks are about fairies and Celtic mythology.

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Faery Wicca Tarot. Kisma K. Stepanich. Illustrated by Renée Christine Yates. 1999, Llewellyn.

The A.E. Waite Tarot. Arthur Edward Waite. Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. Originally published in 1910 by Rider.

Medicine Cards. Jamie Sams & David Carson. Illustrated by Angela Werneke.  RenĂ©e Christine Yates. 1998/99, St. Martins’ Press.

The Faeries’ Oracle. Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth. 2000, Simon & Schuster.

The Fairy Pack. Claire Nahmad. Illustrated by Danuta Mayer. 2003. Godsfield Press Ltd.

Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards. Doreen Virtue, PH.D. 2002, Hay House Inc.

Artists. Row 1: Kali and Yemanya by Lisa Iris. Sarasvati by Sue Halstenberg.

Artists. Row 2: Aeracura and Athena by Elizabeth Kyle. Freyja by Lisa Iris.

Artists. Row 3: Aphrodite by Sharon George. Ixchel by Lisa Iris. Ostara by Wendy Andrew.

The Celtic Animal Oracle. Anna Franklin. Illustrated by Paul Mason. 2003, Vega.


The above images feature box art and selected cards of individual sets from my collection. They have been scanned into this article to provide examples of just a fraction of the wide range of divination cards that are available. No infringement of copyright to the original publishers, writers and artists is intended. Please check out Aquileana‘s excellent overview of the Major and Minor Arcana cards if you are interested in further reading about the Tarot.

I need gorilla info – fast!

So I’ll just go check my preferred search engine of choice.

But back in pre-internet days, if I wanted to find out about gorillas, or leopards, or Indian elephants, I had to work for it. It usually involved a trip to the local or school library, or consultation with the hefty family encylopedia that was so heavy it required two people to lift it from the  bookshelf, or questions aimed at one of my more brainier friends or relatives. Or else, if I’d have known they’d existed in 1980-something or so, I could have collected Animal Cards!

Animal Cards. This four page UK promotional leaflet from Heron Books came inside a copy of Star wars Weekly from 1980. Readers were invited to become subscribers and receive card sets and a filing case in which to store them. The cards were printed with colour photographs, facts and information, and contained four different ways of filing classification depending on your favourite category. The promotional leaflet contains a written endorsement from the World Wildlife Fund.


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In other gorilla news…

US. Weird War Tals. 1974.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

UK. Planet of the Apes and Dracula Lives. #94. 1976.

1975 Penguin UK edition of Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle.

US. The Defenders. 1977.

This just in …

Netherlands. 1983.

Never mind the adverts (Pt9)

Welcome to part 9 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on James Bond 007 Spy cards.


A collection completed!

Today I finally completed my 007 trading card set! I needed five cards to finish, two of them super-rares. The cards were released in 2008 by GE Fabbri Ltd alongside a fortnightly run of magazines containing facts and info on the James Bond films. The magazines and cards were available to buy in UK newsagents. There were 275 cards to collect, trade and play with (each card has numerical statistics similar to Top Trumps).

A collectors tin was offered with issue 2 in which to store your cards. Mini albums were also available if you wanted to display in a reading format. Other items included a 007 spy pen and a burglar alarm toy. Some of the items were only available for subscribers and were not sold in shops.

Got, got, got, haven’t got, got…

After spending a small fortune and finding that I needed only a dozen or so cards to finish, I stopped buying the cards as I was only turning up doubles. When GE Fabbri discontinued the line I was disappointed to learn that unlike other trading card companies such as Panini, they didn’t offer an end service to buy directly any remaining cards needed. So, it was off to eBay for me to chase the stragglers. At first it was easy, but trying to find the last five I needed for a fair price proved to be difficult. That is until this week, when after a considerable hiatus I decided to hunt down those last stragglers and got lucky!

And here they are…


A small breakdown of what was available either in-store or as a subscriber exclusive…

Issue 1 backing board that was available in newsagents for the series launch. In the foreground is the collectable storage tin that came with issue 2..


Storage tin showing a complete collection of the 275 trading cards. You can also see the double-sided poster standing in the inside of the lid which doubled as a checklist to track and mark off each card.


007 burglar alarm toy, two spy pens, and the wrapper from an opened pack of cards.


Series magazines and cardboard storage box.


The name’s Bond. James Bond. These cards are dedicated to the various actors who played the role.


Villains, allies, Bond girls, gadgets and vehicles!








To sum up, I’m delighted to finally finish this collection. The colourful cards are packed with interesting characters, gadgets and vehicles that span all the Bond films up to Daniel Craig’s first outing. There are plenty of metallic foils to collect along with a small number of super-rare tilting double image cards, making this set hard to complete yet not impossible – even almost ten years later on the secondary market. The magazines are well-produced and the extras are good fun. The collectors tin adds a touch of elegance but needs to be handled with care as the metal is very thin and prone to dents and scratches.

Marks out of ten for the entire set and the collecting experience: a solid 8.5.


That’s all for now. Thanks for looking, and join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!

Top Trumps – card games for kids and adults

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Top Trumps is a numerical data card game in which players try to win their opponent’s cards by ‘trumping’ them with a higher-rated card of their own. Original sets from the late 1960s through to the 70s and 80s were often based on the theme of sports and high-powered vehicles, combining factual knowledge with competitive fun. The brand was relaunched during the late 90s and expanded its themes to include science, wildlife, pets, TV, movie and pop stars, book and comic characters and many other diverse subjects. Below are a few of our modern packs followed by a vintage Motorcycles deck and some UK advertising.


Smurfs, The Muppet Show, The World of Roald Dahl, Disney Planes.

Modern packs: The Smurfs, The Muppet Show, The World of Roald Dahl, Disney Planes.


Modern packs: Marvel Comics characters.

Modern packs: Marvel Comics characters.


Modern packs: The Lord of the Rings, Wonders of the World, The Dog, Postman Pat Juniors edition.

Modern packs: The Lord of the Rings, Wonders of the World, The Dog, Postman Pat Juniors edition.


French McDonalds Happy Meal exclusives.

French McDonalds Happy Meal exclusives.


Vintage Top Trumps. 1970s Motorcycles pack.

Vintage Top Trumps. 1970s Motorcycles pack.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


UK. Eagle. 1983. Eagle Comics competition with 500 packs of Top Trumps up for grabs.

UK. Eagle. 1983. Eagle Comics competition with 500 packs of Top Trumps up for grabs.


UK. The Mighty World Of Marvel. 1978. This 1978 UK Super Heroes card game by Jotastar is based on the Waddingtons' Top Trumps.

UK. The Mighty World Of Marvel. This 1978 UK Super Heroes card game by Jotastar is based on the Waddingtons’ Top Trumps.


 

PANINI Stickers and Trading Cards

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Panini logo player

Panini (origianlly ‘Figurine Panini’) is famous for producing collectable stickers and trading cards, most notably football stickers from tournaments and leagues around the world. Panini also produce books, comics and magazines. The company was founded in 1961 in Modena, Italy, by brothers Benito and Giuseppe Panini. In 1963 two other Panini brothers, Franco and Umberto, joined the company. As well as football and sports themes, Panini have produced albums, stickers, cards and books for Star Wars, Smurfs, The Black Hole, Disney, Pink Panther, Thunder Cats, Barbie, Masters of the Universe, and many, many others. The company continues to produce to date.

Official website: Panini

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget 479. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget 479. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget N° 672. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget N° 672. 1982.

France. Pif GadgetN° 719. 1983.

France. Pif GadgetN° 719. 1983.

France. Pif gadget N° 765. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 765. 1983.

France. Pif gadget N° 830. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget N° 830. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget N° 943. 1987.

France. Pif Gadget N° 943. 1987.

France. Back pages of magazine insert. 1988.

France. Back pages of magazine insert. 1988.


Non-football Panini advertising
France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget 798. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget 798. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget N° 616. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget N° 616. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget N° 668. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget N° 668. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget N° 765. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 765. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

Denmark. Master of the Universe. 1987.

Denmark. Master of the Universe. 1987.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

Panini Transformers. Denmark.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


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Stella Marrs: postcards you may not know about.

Found them! My 2001 Stella Marrs postcard set...

‘Danger’ and ‘Nothing Funny’ from a Stella Marrs postcard set I ordered back in 2001

Round about the year 2001 I became interested in environment issues (still am, but back then it was a brand new fire smouldering within). I remember discovering an article online about Stella Marrs and being blown away by her vintage style postcards with slogans and information. Her style captured for me this perfect mix of bygone images and modern messages – often political, funny, inspirational or even just aww cute!

'Water Contaminants' and 'Stop Feeding Me Dog Food' from my 2001 Stella Marrs postcard pack.

‘Water contaminants’ and ‘Stop feeding me dog food’ from my 2001 Stella Marrs postcard pack.

'Garden Organically' and 'Industrialized Agriculture' from my 2001 Stella Marrs postcard set.

‘Garden Organically’ and ‘Industrialized Agriculture’ from my 2001 Stella Marrs postcard set.

I remember eagerly ordering the ‘environment set’. The set contained around twenty postcards and arrived less than a week later from Washington. Straightaway I tacked about a half dozen onto my kitchen wall and gave a couple away to friends. The rest were saved in their original envelope and eventually boxed away somewhere, resurfacing for special occasions like those ‘sorting out stuff’ moments when you find yourself routing through cardboard boxes for an item you could’ve sworn was packed away, only to find an entirely different item that immediately distracts you!

Last week was one of those ‘sorting out stuff’ moments. I  came across my bundle of postcards while rifling through a box of vintage annuals. It was great seeing them again and I immediately checked the website address (printed on the back of the cards) to see if Stella was still making these. The website no longer existed but I did find a new one and was once again blown away by the images and messages. I’m looking forward now to choosing a brand new set. So I’ll shut up and let Stella’s work speak for itself with a few images taken from her current website.

Images and text below are taken from Stella’s website stellamarrs.com

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Stella Marrs is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses environmental issues and feminism. Her collaborative public projects seek to open new relationships and redefine public space. She has presented her work at California Institute of the Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MIT, University of Texas (Austin), Lesley University and The Evergreen State College. She received her MFA in Visual Studies at University at Buffalo.

For more information and how to order your own postcards go to stellamarrs.com